Monday, 24 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Zoya "Charla"



This is from an old Zoya release that is the only full collection I own! Well,  half a collection,  I only bought the glitter version. I needed a teal fix and this has unused been in the stash for too long!

I did 2 coats here using the Zoya top and base coat. The nails look like the bottle in real life,  the phone camera just won't pick it up which is annoying. It's sooo pretty!!

Monday, 17 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Barry M Molten Metals "Pink Luxe"


After last weeks painfully traditional manicure I HAD to go sparkly this week. I donned this particular shade as I had to be on a job interview panel today for work so couldn't do its blue-green counterpart!.. 

I love these Molten Metals for a quick manicure. As they're so sparkly they dry very quickly and with a slick of quick dry top coat, they're just about baby-proof in less than 30mins. #winning

I did 2 coats here, it's still almost just about sheer enough to see the nail line, but since my nails are short, I couldn't care less. I used Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat.

Love this, must see if there are other shades still available! Roll on Monday!

Monday, 10 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Essie "Lovie Dovie"



So today I just wanted to go for a creme polish. I have been loving the sparklies lately, but thought I'd break out of my rut and go for something more "conventional". Already wishing I'd put on a duchrome sparkler like one of the Zoyas I've got but that's for next week!

Do you match your toes to your fingers with nail polish? I'm usually too lazy, but I might make it a thing for July... could be fun!

This is 2 coats, but I find this formula just a bit streaky... I did thicker coats, but the thumbs are definitely a bit more streaky than I'd like. I used Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat to get that quick dry gloss!

It's OK. I still wish I'd gone for a sparkler. Let's see how long it lasts before I add some holo glitter gradients to this manicure...

Monday, 20 May 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Bourjois "17"



I blame OPI and China Glaze etc, but unless a beauty product's shade has an actual name, I'm not interested anymore... Why is this just shade "17". Boring. Could they not have come up with a shade name even if it was just 'kinda purple-pink'?..

Whatever. I am loving this particular colour, it's bright, yet muted. This line is long discontinued but it had a weird slanted brush on it, to "touch up chips". Girl, just re-paint yo' nails!!!

Anyway the brush sucks so it's a bit messy. And the cuticles are still a bit dry and iffy, but a million times better than they have been. Mommy-hands are crap...

I did 2 coats here, with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat! #winning

Thursday, 9 May 2019

LAUNCH ALERT: Fenty Beauty at Boots

Top: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter "Hu$tla Baby"
Bottom: Gloss Bomb lip gloss "Fenty Glow"

I promised some swatches of my two Fenty products to celebrate tomorrow's launch at Boots, so here they are! I can't wait to try more from Fenty Beauty, these are my go-to every day since I bought them! I am especially keen on the Mattemoiselle lipsticks and the shimmer Match Stix.

Let's see what the launch brings us tomorrow! :)

Saturday, 4 May 2019

NEWS: Fenty Beauty is coming to Boots!


Woohoo I knew there was a reason I saved all my Advantage Card points! Big buzz as it's announced that Fenty Beauty launches at Boots next week, on the 10th May. You can sign up for early access on the waiting list here. Who predicts a server-breaking sell-out?... Keep yo notifications on, ya'll!

My go to glow givers are Glossbomb lip gloss and the Killawatt highlighter - from Fenty, I'll post you some swatches the day before the launch!

Monday, 21 January 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Chanel "Particuliere"



So, who of my readers remembers this?? It was the hyped polish that started the trend for the 'greige' type polishes which are just mainstay in every brand's nail polish armory now. Before "Particuliere", there really wasn't a 'greige' nail polish that I can think of.

This polish is 10 yrs old this year (yes, that's right, 10 yrs). Like it's equally-hyped cousin "Peridot" from Chanel, it's just a standard polish with a branded tag, and Chanel polishes chips quite quick on me. But I still love them both, perhaps for their mythology? And the hassle I had trying to get my hands on them when they launched, haha. And the £18 price tag, and I wouldn't be able to spend that today!

I did 2 coats here, it's very smooth to put on. As I now have to squeeze nail polishing in between nappy changes, I have gone back to using Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat (which they discontinued, thank you Sally Hansen). I forgot how much I love it... What I'll do when my two bottles run out, I don't know. Must find a good quick dry top coat that isn't Seche Vite.

Monday, 14 January 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: OPI Infinite Shine "Running with the In-finite Crowd"

I am in Sweden this week with the little one, so I bought some goodies ay Schiphol airport on the way here.

This offering from OPI hasn't really been talked about much, I'm guessing because it's more of a salon offering.

You need to use the proprietary base and top coat for the polishes,  and follow the instructions on the OPI website, but it doesn't require any lights etc.

I used 2 thin coats of polish here. It's very pigmented! It did dry to the touch within the 15 mins promised even in the dark Swedish evening. But this morning i can see some dents and tip wear on my right hand,  I'm guessing it's not dry enough in the time to deal with baby things (and fiddling with the insides of my brothers pc)...

I'll give an update on wear time and removal later in the week!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Birthday NOTD: Ciate "Dangerous Affair"


New year, new me - I'm going to make time for manicures again!! I finally took time to do my nails, which I've probably not done for almost a year now.

I've reviewed this magazine freebie previously, and I still love it. It's just the right kind of dark red, not too brown or that dreaded "nearly black"! 😁

I did 2 neat coats and used my old favourite Sally Hansen Mega Shine as top coat (still using Zoya Anchor for base). I still love Mega Shine too, wonder why they discontinued it?? Dries so quick (bonus when you have a 7 month around) and it's sooooo shiny for a long time.

I hope to get back to some sort of schedule once I'm back to work in start of February, until then you'll just have to get used to infrequent posts...